The Palmyra boys basketball team led by double digits in the third quarter but couldn't finish down the stretch in a 63-60 loss at Centralia on Friday night.

The Palmyra boys basketball team led by double digits in the third quarter but couldn't finish down the stretch in a 63-60 loss at Centralia in a Clarence Cannon Conference game on Friday night.

Centralia roared back to tie the score at 46 entering the fourth quarter and scored nine points in the final 2 minutes, 27 seconds to secure the outcome.

“They went on a big run after we had taken a 12-point lead in the third,” Palmyra coach Ryan Wood said. “They were able to capitalize on some defensive mistakes by us and shot well from the field.”

Guy Moran led Centralia with 23 points.

Ragar McKinney scored 13 of his 19 points for Palmyra in the first half to help the visitors go up 17-9 through eight minutes and 32-25 at halftime.

Peyton Plunkett added 17 points on the night for the visitors.

“We were hitting shots in the first half,” Wood said. “Ragar McKinney had a great first half with 13. Plus ball movement was good.”

Centralia came to life for 38 points in the second half.

Palmyra stayed toe-to-toe as the contest was tied at 54 with less than three minutes remaining, but Wood's crew couldn't stop its CCC foe when it mattered most.

“We had too many defensive letdowns,” he said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us obviously. Hope to work some cobwebs out next week when we host our tournament. It will be nice to be back home.”

Palmyra (10-4) hosts Knox County at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of its home Lenzini Tournament.